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THE WIL WHEATON PROJECT is a Go for SYFY & Other Important Details

Last week we told you about the announcement that friend of Nerdist Wil Wheaton was getting a new TV show, a very exciting prospect. Well now we’ve got even more details — straight from the horse’s mouth (erm, blog). Wheaton took to the Internet on Wednesday to expound upon the announcement and provide more details on The Wil Wheaton Project (and yes, that is its very official new name).

Wheaton’s new show has been a year-long labor of intensive love (detailed in all its montage-y goodness over on his blog if you’re interested in a long read), and will be “a weekly roundup of the things I love on television and on the Internet, with commentary and jokes, and the occasional visit from interesting people who make those things happen.” So, E!’s The Soup, but for geeks!

Coming to your screens on May 27th at 10PM on Syfy, the 12 episode, 30-minute long summer series will cover science fiction and genre favorites in TV, popular culture, and — of course — the Internet. The Wil Wheaton Project has Wheaton not only as host, but deeply entrenched in its creative process as a writer and producer.

The whole thing came about because of Wheaton’s love for “those hilariously bad paranormal reality shows” (there’s heaps of comedy gold there, for sure). The host is sure the show will excite audiences as much as it did the executives at the network, and is set to bring “Science Fiction back to Syfy.”

But for fans of Wheaton’s worried about what this means for his other ventures, such as Tabletop (his web series with Felicia Day), have no fear: “I made sure that everyone knew I’d be doing Tabletop, and I made sure that my contract included language that would guarantee my ability and availability to make Tabletop.” So, basically: everybody wins here! Exciting, innit?

Are you going to tune into The Wil Wheaton Project when it premieres next month? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Alex says:

    I’m so glad things are working out for Wil. He definitely deserves it. I can’t wait for the pilot!

  2. KRougeau says:

    Doh! In my haste, I forgot to ask… Does the theme song for Wil’s new show just happen to be “Stand By Me”?!

  3. KRougeau says:

    While the theme may sound derivative of some of the Nerdist’s own forays, I’ve no doubt Wheaton’s show will be fantastic. In fact, one of the things I love so much about the relationship between Hardwick, Wheaton, and so many other great nerdy people is the love and joy of sharing between them, so don’t expect the slightest bit of animosity hahaha. While some of these shows may share similar themes (in fact, the new show will share themes directly with @Midnight from the sounds of it, covering daily ‘net craziness), you can bet that Wheaton will have his own hilariously insightful views on what fuels Internet culture these days. All the best to all the Nerdist podcasters & friends in all that they do. I’ll be looking forward to all of your future adventures!
    – KpR²

  4. Bill says:

    It’s Wil Wheaton so there fore it will be AWESOME.

  5. Sheryl says:

    Absolutely! Can’t wait to see who all turns up and how it goes!

  6. Mell says:

    Nerts. Will this be available in Canada on the Space channel?

  7. Tiffany says:

    This is awesome, i’m so excited!

  8. George says:

    I can’t wait! So excited about this new show! Wil Wheaton is the perfect one for a show like this.

  9. Josh says:

    “So, E!’s The Soup, but for geeks!” You mean a bit like Web Soup? Zing!

  10. Jenny says:

    Shut up, Wesley! Couldn’t resist….super excited for the new show. My fav episodes of BBT is when he’s on :o)

  11. TimBowers says:

    I’m thoroughly excited to see Will get a show where he can really showcase his own brand of genius! I’ll be watching!

  12. jm5150 says:

    how do i get attached to this project? Id like to contribute/work on this.. WIL.. CONTACT ME

  13. Tami says:

    So excited!! I have loved Wil Wheaton since TNG and have read his blog for years. It’s about time Syfy (hate the name change) did something this awesome.

  14. Mike Knapp says:

    This feels a bit like attack of the show.. So i am totally excited.